UPDATE FROM ST KILDA FOOTBALL CLUB:
The thoughts of the St Kilda Football Club are with Nick Riewoldt and family today following the passing of his younger sister Madeleine earlier this morning.
The family were by Madeleine’s side when she passed and have asked me to convey how incredibly brave she has been and how strong her character was.
Madeleine bravely battled illness for a long period and she will be sadly missed.
Many St Kilda people have gotten to know Madeleine over the years. In particular, she often visited the rooms after games, not only supporting Nick but as part of the Saints family.
This is obviously an incredibly sad and tough time for Nick and his family and the club will be providing support in any way we can.
It’s also important that we respect the family’s privacy at this sad time.
The family have suggested that anyone wanting to show their support can sign up to the Bone Marrow registry http://www.abmdr.org.au and Australian Red Cross Blood donation www.donateblood.com.au.
Channel 7 have reported that AFL star, and Melbourne icon Nick Riewoldt has lost his sister Madeline to bone marrow cancer.
We will continue to update you on details of the tragedy.
Our thoughts are with the Riewoldt family during this difficult time.
Nick Etchells will be reporting on the story in Seven News at 6pm with Peter Mitchell.